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Master the art of resume writing and boost your chances of getting hired
With unemployment rates still running high, getting an edge up on the competition in your field—whatever it may be—can be an intimidating and exhausting undertaking. Luckily, Resumes For Dummies is here to serve as your life raft as you navigate the murky waters of a modern-day job search. Inside, you'll find expert guidance on writing a winning resume that will set you head and shoulders above the crowd to land that elusive interview and get the job of your dreams.
There's nothing easy and breezy about looking for a new job—whether you currently have one or not. But rather than succumbing to the panic that might convince you to hide under the covers, Resumes For Dummies arms you with the confidence you need to write a resume that will have prospective employers knocking your at your door.
- Includes tips on avoiding common resume-writing mistakes
- Provides updates on the latest changes in the job market that you'll need to take into account when writing a resume
- Outlines how to approach a lay-off in a professional light
- Covers how to confront privacy and reputation issues in online social job search
Whether you're a recent graduate, second-timer looking for your next job, prime-timer who hasn't job-searched in decades, or the unfortunate victim of a lay-off, Resumes For Dummies takes the fear out of putting your skills on paper and sets you on the path to getting your foot in the door—and landing the job of your dreams.
About the Author
Laura DeCarlo founded the global organization Career Directors International (CDI), LLC, which educates and certifies resume writers and career coaches. Laura's resumes have been featured in more than 20 resume and cover letter compendiums.
Table of Contents
Part I: Getting Started with Resumes 5
Chapter 1: Seeing How the Digital Age Is Changing the Job Chase 7
Chapter 2: Finding Your Next Job in the Wide World of Social Media 15
Chapter 3: Going Mobile: Resumes on Smartphones and Tablets 33
Chapter 4: Familiar Search Tools That Haven’t Gone Away 41
Chapter 5: Do Due Diligence, Ditch Digital Dirt 57
Part II: Pulling Together Your Winning Resume 67
Chapter 6: Selecting Your Best Resume Format 69
Chapter 7: The Pieces and Parts of Your Resume 85
Chapter 8: Getting the Details Down and Making Them Shine 107
Chapter 9: Get On Target With Your Resume! 123
Part III: Resume Strategies That Wow ’em Every Time 133
Chapter 10: Wow Words Work Wonders 135
Chapter 11: Refine Your Design for Great Looks 151
Chapter 12: Resumes for Life’s Changing Phases 163
Chapter 13: Overcoming Career Road Blocks with Your Resume 183
Part IV: Bringing It All Together: Sample Resumes 203
Chapter 14: A Sampling of OnTarget Resumes by Industry and Career Field 205
Chapter 15: A Sampling of OnTarget Resumes by Experience Level and Age 235
Chapter 16: A Sampling of OnTarget Resumes for Special Circumstances 263
Part V: The Part of Tens 297
Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Improve Your Resume 299
Chapter 18: Ten Ways to Up Your Odds of Landing the Job 303
Chapter 19: Ten Tips for Choosing Professional Resume Help 313
Chapter 20: Your Ten-Point Resume Checklist 321
Appendix: Directory of Resume Writers 325
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a very helpful book. One formatting complaint: there's no way to make the figures (sample resumes, etc.) larger. The figures are very hard to read in the e-book format, which make the book much less usable; hence my three star rating.